BOOK REVIEW: British Light Cruisers 1939-45
By Angus Konstam, illus. by Paul Wright, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK. (2012).
Reviewed by Richard P. Hallion, Ph.D.
Generally speaking, light cruisers have not received as much attention from historians and novelists as have other vessels, though they have figured in two of the great novels of naval warfare—C. S. Forester’s The Ship, and Alistair MacLean’s H.M.S. Ulysses. Both relate the travails of protecting convoys from sub, surface, and air attack, the former about supplying Malta, and the latter about the Murmansk run. This slender but highly useful volume is a welcome factual introduction to the type, focusing on those vessels of the Royal Navy, which ably served the Admiralty’s needs during the greatest sea war ever fought.
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